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November 03, 2004

Why don't liberals learn their lessons?

I just visited one of my favorite liberal weblogs, and I found this little line:

Right now I am fighting despair, and losing badly. It comes down to this: if we can't beat this guy, then who could we beat? If we can't make gains in this Senate, if we can't beat Bunning and Coburn, then what do we have left to hope for?

The election wasn't all that close. The so-called "divided" America, as judged by the polls, isn't all that divided. George Bush had incredible popularity 18 months ago - the country was not divided. And George Bush did not change at all since then. No, he's remained precisely the same. So if everyone was with him, how did we get divided?

That's right: The far-left liberals (Michael Moore, Moveon.org, the candiates, and the wackos), using extremely negative campaign strategy, pulled people away from Bush and to the far left. They divided America, not Bush, and in the final analysis - as judged by the 3.5 million vote win by Bush, they didn't really divide it all that much.

I would say to Rivka, the author of the blog mentioned above, and the people who empathize with her, that what you have to hope for is that you'll eventually re-examine the positions that you've tended to hold as well as your ideology, and you'll move further, and comfortably, to the right to land somewhere near the political center.

Think I'm way out there? Keep reading:

A congressman pointed out last night (on, I think, CNN), that if you've got 80% of the people in favor of banning gay marriages, and you've got bans being passed in states all over the country, then that is, by definition, the center. So that's where George W. Bush is. Yet the media has largely portrayed this issue as being "ultra-right wing". Well, if a person thinks that, then that person is clearly far to the left.

Personally, I didn't vote on my state's gay marriage issue. I'm very libertarian in my thinking and, as I see it, the state shouldn't be recognizing gay marriage - but neither should the state be recognizing heterosexual marriage, either. The government should respect individual rights, period, nothing else. Alas, my position was not on the ballot, so no hole was punched. Equality would seem to have favored voting against the ban, but two wrongs don't make a right...that would've just dug the hole deeper.

But, I'm not wacko about it.

You don't see me out there calling our president a liar, calling him a war criminal, or using hyperbolic hystrionics to attack our representatives with whom I disagree. If I can denounce the facts, sure, but I know not to make slanderous leaps like accusing someone of lying when there is only evidence available that the person was wrong (I've probably violated this principle in the past, but it's rare; it'd be that "the exception proves the rule" type of thing, particularly since I know better than to do it and wouldn't defend my act if I did).

But I digress. What is there to hope for? You can hope that the ultra-left will stop dividing America, and that they'll move toward the center. This election season was just too excrutiating to have again.

Here's a late addition from Mark Steyn:

In their desperation, the Democrats have wound up damning a big chunk of the American people as stupid, bigoted and a bigger threat than Saddam Hussein and al-Qa'ida. This is ridiculous. As Catalano continues: "You will not be thrown in jail for the sole reason of being a liberal. Your child's public school will not suddenly turn into a centre for Christian brainwashing. Your favourite bookstore will not turn into puritan central."

She didn't add to that list of phony terrors my own choice gem from this election season, courtesy of that eminent political analyst Cameron Diaz, who advised Oprah Winfrey's viewers: "Women have so much to lose. I mean, we could lose the right to our bodies. If you think that rape should be legal, then don't vote. But if you think that you have a right to your body, then you should vote." Poor Cameron. The scary people won. She's just lost all rights to her body. Unlike Alec Baldwin, she can't even move to France. Her body was grounded in Terminal D.

As long as Democrats prefer phantom enemies to real ones, they will be increasingly irrelevant. If I were a Dem, I'd support any candidate who pledged to de-celebrify the party and disown the paranoid Left. That's the big lesson of this election: on Tuesday, the bottom dropped out of Moore's underpants.

Well said.

Posted by Jeff at November 3, 2004 02:46 PM


Except the majority is also against warping the constitution to limit who is allowed to marry.

Even Bush used to say this was something to be decided at the state level only...which is where majority support lies.

But this year they needed a draw to get the evangelicals out to the polls...so he flipped positions

Both sides are petty and partisan when their jobs are on the line.

Posted by: Elcie at November 3, 2004 04:40 PM

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